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2020 IHH-UCSF Symposium on Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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UCSF Cole Hall

513 Parnassus Ave

San Francisco, CA 94143

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Join us for an inspiring day with global leaders in functional medicine and nutrition! You will hear cutting-edge talks from top experts in our 21st annual conference. This year's theme is Overturning Conventional Wisdom.

University of Illinois researcher and microbiome expert Lucy Mailing will break down 12 myths and misconceptions about gut health. You will learn why taking probiotics after antibiotics may be a bad idea, that stool tests do not reflect the microbiome, why breath tests may not be a valid way to assess SIBO, how some herbs are even worse than antibiotics for your gut bacteria, and more.

World-renowned health expert Chris Kresser will critique "one-size-fits-all" thinking on nutrition and discuss how diet quality and overall food patterns are more important than specific foods or macronutrients.

NYT best-selling author Robb Wolf will question if we've gone too far in our quest for longevity and discuss the downsides of intermittent fasting and related practices.

Traditional thinking has been that autoimmune disease cannot develop without leaky gut syndrome, but new research will be presented showing how it can be triggered even in the absence of leaky gut.

NYT best-selling author Lissa Rankin will discuss fascinating research on the mind-body connection and its incredible power to impact health and lead to spontaneous healing.

Learn about a holistic approach to optimize liver health using dietary and functional medicine strategies, as well as the role of hormesis in improving health and resilience, and other tips for overall wellbeing.

We will have a delicious healthy lunch catered by an award-winning group.


Chris Kresser, LAc, internationally recognized medicine practitioner and New York Times best-selling author of Unconventional Medicine

Lucy Mailing, PhD, research scientist at at the University of Illinois, microbiome expert, and founder of NextGen Medicine

Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine, and founder of Whole Health Medicine Institute

Robb Wolf, research biochemist and New York Times best-selling author of Wired to Eat

Akil Palanisamy, MD, Harvard-trained integrative medicine physician with expertise in functional medicine and Ayurveda, and author of The Paleovedic Diet

Eric Hassid, MD, board certified neurologist and functional medicine expert

Conference Program

7:15 AM to 8:45 AM – Registration

8:45 AM to 9:45 AM –

Chris Kresser, Is there an optimal human diet?

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM –

Akil Palanisamy, Optimizing liver health with dietary strategies and functional medicine

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM –

Lissa Rankin, Mind over medicine: scientific proof you can heal yourself

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM – BREAK for Lunch

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM –

Lucy Mailing, 12 common myths and misconceptions about the microbiome

2:30 PM to 3:15 PM –

Eric Hassid, The role of Hormesis : Strategies to achieve optimal health

3:15 PM to 4:00 PM –

Robb Wolf, Longevity: Are we trying too hard?

4:00 PM to 4:15 PM Conclusion

The event is organized by the Sutter Institute for Health and Healing, the oldest center for integrative medicine in the US, and the Integrative Medicine Network at UCSF. We are grateful to our sponsors, the Roberta E. Neustadter Mini Medical School, and Apex Energetics.


Who should attend?

The Symposium is open to all people interested in nutrition and functional medicine, especially health professionals and wellness practitioners from all disciplines and modalities. Laypeople who are curious about the science behind these topics are most definitely welcome.

Will the speakers be live or appearing via video stream?

All speakers listed above will be appearing live at the event in San Francisco. The event will probably be live streamed too. Also this year the event is at Cole Hall, and not at Mission Bay like in previous years.

What are the details of the live stream?

The event will likely be streamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/instituteforhealthandhealing – it will be available for viewing via replay after the event on the same page. There is no cost to view the live stream. Viewers can tweet their questions during the event @doctorakil

Where do I enter my coupon/discount code to register?

Click on "Tickets". The top of the next (second) screen, where you need to select your ticket, will feature a link in blue near the top which says "Enter promo code". Click on that link and enter the code there. If you are already on the (third) screen to enter your name and payment info you have gone too far - you will not be able to enter the code on this screen. Go back to main screen and follow the instructions above.

I registered but forgot to enter my coupon/discount code. Can you adjust my fees?

Unfortunately we are not able to modify registrations once they are completed. To find out where to enter your coupon code, please see the detailed answer above.

How do I get to Cole Hall?

Cole Hall is located on the first floor of the UCSF Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave. From the main entrance on Parnassus, continue through the main lobby, passing the elevator lobby on the left. Look for stairs leading up on your left to Cole Hall just past the elevator lobby.

I am a student at another school. Can I get the UCSF student rate?

No, only UCSF students are allowed to register using the UCSF student rate and must bring their UCSF student ID to the event. However, students at other schools can purchase the "Other Students" discounted ticket.

I am a UCSF affiliate. Can I get the UCSF student rate?

No, only full-time UCSF students can get the UCSF student rate. However anyone affiliated with UCSF can purchase the "UCSF Affiliates" discounted ticket.

What is the ticket policy?

Registration is nonrefundable and not transferable for all tickets. No exceptions.

Can I get CME/CEU/UCSF credit?

UCSF students in past years could have gotten credit for the event as an elective, but we are not able to offer UCSF students elective credit this year due to changes in UCSF policies. Unfortunately, we are not set up to offer CME, CEU or other continuing education credits for any type of practitioners.

What is the conference program?

The conference program is posted above.

What time does the conference start?

The conference will start promptly at 8:45 AM. Because the event will be live streamed, please plan to be in your seats by 8:30 AM so that we can begin on time.

Do you need volunteers or is it possible to work during the conference for a reduced rate?

We do not need volunteers and it is not possible to work in exchange for attending the event. Unfortunately, due to conference expenses we cannot offer a reduced rate.

Will breakfast be served?

No, but we will be providing coffee, decaf coffee, and hot tea.

What is the lunch menu?

We will be serving a delicious lunch catered by an award-winning group. It will be gluten-free and dairy-free. If you require a vegetarian option please contact the organizers using the link on this page. Unfortunately no other dietary restrictions or special requests for food accommodations can be honored.

Can I bring my own food/drink?

Yes, you can bring your own food and drink if you would like. Also, food and drink is allowed inside the auditorium without any restrictions.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We suggest parking in one of the UCSF garages or taking public transportation. Parking is not validated or reimbursed at the event. More information about parking can be found here: http://campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/transportation/services/parking/public_parking

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

There is no printed ticket. Online registration is sufficient.

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